SBP Blog

​ The Practice of Naikan: How to Express Gratitude in Japan

Thomas Joel - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The concepts of gratefulness and humility exist in practically every facet of Japanese culture and language, from the use of formal speech when talking to superiors and the subtle gradations of bowing to giving lavish compliments and always conducting oneself appropriately in the homes of others.
 Read More


Like our blog? Please share it!

Categories

Subscribe to the SBP Mailing List

New Releases

Amy’s Guide to Best Behavior in Japan


Going to Japan? This unfussy modern guide guarantees you keep it polite and get it right!

China Smart


Essential essays on all things Chinese that inform and entertain travelers, students, and anyone working or living in China

Forty-Seven Samurai


One of the most spectacular vendettas ever: the history and haiku behind the mass-suicide featured in the 2013 film 47 Ronin

Oh, Tama!


A deeply eccentric novel about lives and connections—and a cat of course—in 1980s Tokyo: witty, offbeat, and strangely profound.

Tag Cloud

Coming of Age Day the hidden writer foreigner in japan bowing in japan graphic novels Chinese culture china where igo Children's Literature literary prize japanese classic miswest book review year of zen Ukiyo-e tourist wanderlust mentorship in japan yukio mishima The Colorado Review gaijinpot kinokuniya event Chiune Sugihara bookstore jungle emperor swastika takuma sminkey awards photography sensei and me 15 years at studio ghibli the japan society japanese travel etiquette japan food PEN AWARD donald richie t.k. nakagaki alan moore learning shamisen amys guide to bes tbehavior in japan ex pat literature foreword indies award memior japan travel etiquette 2019 literature the silver spoon steve heller benjamin franklin award comic history japan trip oh tama osamu tezuka china history book tour ningen shikkaku asian review of books matcha writing tokyo the fourth string a memoir of sensei and me book talk tomoko aoyama Culture Basho Art/Design shamisen performance publicity association of jewish libraries 47 samurai kyodo news Japan purification dirt and water otakuusa janet pocorobba memoir Travel Anime/Manga/Comics astrology japan books foreword indies shaimsen rachel manley travel Japan asia peace donald keene amy chavez brad hawley monks wife haibun Chinese history manga biography japanese bath china travel travel manners washington dc kyoto journal new books how to stone bridge cafe traditional japanese music traditional japanese instrument gaijin the asian review of books rebecca otowa eastern and western philosophy gaijin pot japan culture Japanese art paul mccarthy diymfa holden caufield miyazaki foreword reviews janet pocrobba forty seven ronin History 1960's Japan ibpa publishing university tracy franz ancient symbol simba politics and prose bushido studying in japan expert Spirituality memoir writing event VIZ Year of the Dog kris kosaka performance japan travel guide books lions roar will eisner Translation classic poetry japan ravel disney center of east asian studies Chinese Astrology award review larry herzberg japan book polite new york doris bargen Poetry verticle UCLA eli lieberman forewrod reviews indies Chinese New Year buddhist priest eating in japan japan custom mieko kanai AAS shun medoruma travel to japan sharing a house with the never ending man american shamisen internment four immigrants book reading chinese comics world literature today buddhist symbols publishing symbol china book pacific rim review of books evil suicide Japanese literature japan travel author talk Korea damian flanagan university of chicago death 4k a memoir min kahng journal the millions leonard koren michael emmerich book publicity manners film blurb learning in japan japan manners keanu reeves the japan times hiroaki sato the lion king japan memoir interfaith expat what do in japan Tokyo Olympics diary japanese craft Shoah huffington post tea garden japan vacation green tea alan brill Nikolas Bunton classic osaka drinking in japan classic literature finalist Interview japan book review black jack illustration ripe mangoes Christianity henry kiyama criterion translators anime non-fiction lesley university behavior zen monks wife' no longer human Christianity in Japan book reviews koun giajin expat in japan china vacation dazai frank beyer osamu dazai japanese translation tk nakagaki japanese to english journal of a zen monk's wife tea a shameful life book signing diy mfa state of belief nova scotia Korea photography china smart walt disney kansuke naka book japanese history nichi bei weekly, naomi hirarahara chapters zen literary review announcement hiaku ritual buddhist swastika hitler peace symbol my year of dirt and water why we write podcast the buddhist swastika suehiro maruo holocaust poet Olympics a memoir of sensei and me China Japanese holidays journal of a zen monk journal' monks wife shamisen book blurb reviews japan behavior Spring Festival danica davidson stone bridge press Children's Books wife catcher in the rye japanese etiquette kotaku do it right and be polite koto Basho's Narrow Road education about asia kyoto zen monk wife haiku a mejiro novel chinese china guide japanese books in english religion buddhist pulitzer prize World War Two IBPA benjamin franklin awards journal of a zen monks wife in japan ancient symbols how to order in japan learning instruments in japan classic japanese literature poetry of consciousness japanese cutlure japan today japanese manners jing liu studio ghibli japanese customs monk 1960s Korea book hoarding japanese books manji WWII japanese people china What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language japan times 47 ronin guide japanese book Second World War new york events japanese instrument Alexandra Johnson namethetranslator author comics japan restaurant controversy gratitude in japan janet pocorbba monk wife japanese instruments kimba the white lion society podcast the inland sea trip nhk travel literature living in japan nara pottery Okinawan literature manga amys guide to best behavior in japan book award chinese literature sensei visitor welton gaddy international book award student teacher huffpost japan guide japanese business author tour Language memoir in japan fred schodt nazi luke patitsas japanese best behavior in japan zazen memoir, tracy franz, zen monk, buddhist buddhism author event japanese drunk dark horse summer vacation steve alpert 2020 Olympics jared cook in the woods of memory forty seven samurai new release author signing traditional hippocampus magazine hooked cross book review lucille cara how to travel in japan gallery awa budhist swastika hitler symbol forest gander japan etiquette william f sibley the fourth string astro boy travel etiquette zen monk Japanese aesthetics japanese culture frederik schodt osamau tezuka Asian Studies zen monk in japan hate jun hazuki tricycle magazine fantasy literature hitlers cross mark gibeau musical understandind china through comics japanese music seppuku juddhism japan visitor anne prescott traditional japanese instrumenet World War II
RSS